Clinical hypnotherapy: A new career on the horizon

LCCH Asia principal Sheila Menon conducting a hypnotherapy session.

Malaysia is quickly becoming a regional hub for education and healthcare.

In the last ten years, psychology and counseling courses have doubled, and even mature students are returning to school in search of a second career in the helping professions.

There has been growing focus on brain science, mind-body connection and the power of the unconscious mind, making the study of clinical hypnotherapy the new career on the horizon.

If you’re wondering what clinical hypnotherapy is, it is a powerful combination of psychotherapy and hypnosis.

In the West, clinical hypnotherapy is available through the healthcare system, National Health Service or private clinics. In Malaysia, formal training was introduced ten years ago, resulting in this treatment option becoming increasingly popular.

The London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) Therapy Centre founded at Pantai Hospital Bangsar offers a range of treatment from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), insomnia, phobias, and even childbirth and assisted fertility treatment using clinical hypnosis.

Clinical hypnotherapy can benefit medical and psychological problems. The clinical hypnotherapy practitioner will engage the whole brain using both the conscious mind and the unconscious mind, thus making learning a fast and effective experience.

The state of hypnosis is similar to the state of mindfulness, making it both a relaxing and healing experience.

Research also supports the use of clinical hypnosis alongside psychology and other training or counseling elements, because the inclusion of clinical hypnosis can enhance the results of other therapies.  

LCCH Asia principal Sheila Menon explains that this comes from the power of engaging the unconscious mind. Menon continued to add that clinical hypnotherapy is a rewarding career path, with the benefit of helping others.

“When you help other people, you grow and change yourself,” says Menon.

LCCH graduates are often mature individuals, who have the life experience and passion to assist others. Many have gone on to pursue second careers, helped their families and have contributed to society.

The work of Malaysia’s clinical hypnotherapists was presented at Malaysia’s Inaugural Conference for Clinical Hypnotherapy in 2015 where the Deputy Minister of Health endorsed the importance of clinical hypnotherapy and recommended it for inclusion under the Allied Healthcare Act.

Dissecting clinical hypnotherapy

People are curious about how clinical hypnotherapy works.

Imagine yourself in a consulting room where you have the opportunity to resolve any problems you may be currently having. First you will be invited to sit down and relax, and your clinical hypnotherapist will request that you close your eyes to further deepen your relaxation process.

You are then guided by your hypnotherapist away from problem-oriented thinking, and your mind is guided into focusing on problem-solving instead. When you are in this focused state, unwanted habits like over-eating, smoking, procrastination, and even anger can be dealt with effectively.

Lecturer Bill Frost demonstrates on hypnosis techniques.

Just before your session ends, the clinical hypnotherapist will also build up your confidence and self-belief in order to help you maintain these new behaviors and decisions you have just made.

This element makes it a powerful business coaching tool. Many successful icons such as Matt Damon, Jack Nicklaus, Sir Winston Churchill (former British prime minister), members of the Russian Olympic team, and even Albert Einstein, have used clinical hypnosis in the past.

Mastering clinical hypnotherapy

Experts agree that clinical hypnotherapy is perfectly safe in the hands of appropriately trained therapists. The London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) is the premiere training institute for clinical hypnosis in Europe and Asia.

The LCCH offers a short certificate course, allowing you to explore clinical hypnosis, the power of your unconscious mind and acquire tools and skills which will benefit you and your loved ones.

This course is also designed as a preliminary to help you to decide whether this profession is the right path for you. Diploma and advanced courses prepare you to work as a clinical hypnotherapist and to acquire international accredited training.

The London College of Clinical Hypnosis is celebrating ten years in Asia. The anniversary course is starting on Apr 2 with promotional fees for registration. Contact LCCH Asia on 03 7960 6439 or email or visit

This article is brought to you by the London College of Clinical Hypnosis.

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